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alert right now with the news this hour that a letter addressed to president obama contained a suspicious substance. the letter was intercepted as a screening facility and initial tests show it could contain the deadly poison ricin. the fbi says it's very lard to a letter sent yesterday to senator roger wicker of mississippi. which also tested positive for ricin. a third suspicious package may have arrived at the office of alabama senator richard shelby. investigators do not currently believe there is a connection to the bombing in boston. meanwhile, law enforcement officials in massachusetts are combing through more than 2,000 tips, looking through photos like this one, shall shows a bag sitting by a mailbox before the explosion. it is unclear at this point whether or not the bag has any relevance, but appears to be near the center of the explosion. president obama will be in boston tomorrow to attend a memorial service for the victims. for the loved once of those killed and maimed in the explosion, there is only confusion and many unanswered questions. joining me today here
's going on at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> that's right, alex. president obama had a sweeping meeting in the situation room earlier today for about an hour with his entire national security team. updated and briefed on the evolving situation in boston. i can tell you that the white house is being very careful and very cautious in its reactions. because this is a developing story. i can also tell you that as of this hour, secretary john kerry, defense secretary chuck hagel and c.i.a. director john brennan are here for a previously scheduled meeting with the national security adviser. that is under way right now. that doesn't involve the president. will they discuss boston? that is certainly a high possibility giving the evolving events of the day. president obama has been briefed regularly throughout the day. and overnight. as the situation was developing. of course we have heard from the president, multiple times this week on monday. again on tuesday, we heard from him at that interfaith service yesterday in boston. will we hear from him again today? we don't know at this point. the w
. president obama going back to his days of harvard. his personal experiences in the city. feeling that a part of him is hurting because of what happened to this city i think is an incredibly important part of the message. >> and in many ways the speech sort of starts like a marathon. it's slow and quiet because there's a long engineerny, you can sense in the middle of the speech and towards the end, the adrenaline of the president, just like the adrenaline of the rubber ki runner kicking in. going up the one last hill. looking toward the finish line with those helping you get there. >> the stories i'll never forget, is the guy who loses two legs, someone comes along. a military veteran with recent service overseas in a war zone. runs up, pulls his shirt off and ties tourniquets around his leg. he managed to make the difference that day. the two kids standing next to each other both lost their legs and here's the president, talking about that very question, will they be able to walk again and he says you'll be able to run again. let's watch. >> so many wounded. some gravely. from their beds, s
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